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Brewed by Samuel Smith
Style: English Strong Ale
Tadcaster, England

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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Bottle conditioned only. Previously 8.0%.
Some of the oak casks at Samuel Smithís date back more than a century with the individual oak staves being replaced by the Old Brewery coopers over the years. Gradually the casks soak in more & more of the character of the ale fermented in stone Yorkshire squares. Yorkshire Stingo is aged for at least a year, matured in these well-used oak casks in the breweryís underground cellars deriving fruit, raisin, treacle toffee, Christmas pudding and slight oaky flavours, before being further naturally conditioned in bottle.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, - SEP 30, 2012
Overripe fruits, vanilla, wood, caramel, wild apples, raisins, and lots of booze in the aroma. Layered and complex, but a bit overwhelming. The taste is milder, maltier, and sweeter, but itís still pretty boozy. Plain, watery mouthfeel with practically no carbonation. Iíd like to try this again, maybe a fresher bottle.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Barwa: piękna, głęboko miedziana, klarowna. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, dość obfita i trwała oraz ładnie oblepiająca szkło. Aromat: owoce czerwone, rodzynki, landrynki, alkohol, może lekkie nuty beczkowe, a nawet wanilia, ale może to już sugestia. Smak: zdecydowanie pełny, słodowy (herbatnikowo - karmelowy), umiarkowanie słodki i nieco kwaskowy. Do tego rodzynki i nuta alkoholowa. Występuje chmielowa kontra, ale goryczka najwyżej w okolicach średniej. Jest to fermentowane w otwartych kadziach i leżakowane przez rok w dębowych beczkach "prawdziwe ale" (refermentowane w butelce). Problem polega jednak na tym, że wspomniane beczki mają ponad 100 lat, zatem nie oddają zbyt wiele nut charakterystycznych dla leżakowanych w ten sposůb piw. Barwa i piana są wzorowe. Aromat zdominowany został przez estry, nieco podobne do piw belgijskich. Smak przyjemnie zbalansowany, ale raczej klasyczny, bez szaleństw. Jeśli ktoś lubi ułożone i zbalansowane trunki, o naprawdę pięknej barwie i trwałej pianie powinien być zadowolony. Niestety leżakowanie w beczce niezbyt wpływa na smak i aromat tego piwa i z tego powodu moim zdaniem jego cena nie jest adekwatna do oferowanej jakości.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (904) - SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
550ml Bottle from Evil Eye Lounge (York - £6.00 approx.):
Strong smelling with good malts & toffee plus a nice alcohol edge to it as well. Plenty of ripe & sweet fruits, oak & vanilla featuring. A good smelling beer with a solid balance & the touches of alcohol only improve things, as does the sweetness from the fruits.
Caramel brown with an inch high, foamy head. Retention is excellent with zero movement over the opening minutes before settling a couple of cm high with nice lacing on the sides.
Again the sweetness kicks things off with some ripe fruits & vanilla plus the oak from the aroma & I could detect bread & malts with a great balance between flavours. The beer is rounded out with some toffee.
Smooth with an alcohol kick but not much bitterness. Some sweetness is present from the start. The balance of this one was good & despite the strength it was quite an easy one to drink.

Another very good Samuel Smithís beer, strong from the start but it didnít overpower & went down surprisingly easy with a good balance.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sjohnh (117) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
When the British (or more usually, the English) wax lyrical about the warm beer of our "sceptred isle", this is the pinnacle of the ale in question. Even though it is best served cellar chilled than warm. It looks like any number of "real ales" served in good pubs up and down the country - brown with a faint hint of ruby, with a small off-white head. Little hop presence so limited immediate aroma, but with warming the aroma of a crisp, brown fruit pudding straight from the oven rises from the glass. Taste is amazing - aforesaid pudding, plums, raisins, toffee, fortified wine, and some herbs. For those outside of the UK, wanting to know what English ale is all about, try this. Just donít expect them all to be this good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OllieBBommel (1049) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2014
Bottle@home. Head: dark beige, shrinking fast. Colour: clear, copper brown. Aroma: complex, dried fruit, malt. Taste: at first sweet, some licorice, nice bitter. Palate: smooth and dry, malt body and dried fruit, low CO2, some yeast. Overall: very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chad9976 (1137) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
I poured a 550ml bottle into an English pint glass. I was brewed in 2010, bottled on 1/28/11 and cost $12.99 ($0.69 per ounce).

Appearance: Ugly rusty brown hue. Completely opaque with no visible carbonation. Pours to a small, beige, foamy head which completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: A cornucopia of dark and stone fruits, plus notes of sherry and cider.

Taste: I first had Samuel Smithís Yorkshire Stingo over four years ago when it originally debuted. I havenít had it since, though re-watching my review I can tell the flavor profile to the beer has definitely changed over time. Like any good English-style barleywine, old ale or ďEnglish Strong AleĒ should, itís aged and developed nicely. Iím not sure which style category it conforms to, though much like the rest of the brews from Samuel Smithís Brewery, itís complex, distinctive and quite enjoyable.

The first thing I notice about the palate is the huge fruit notes. Red apple, plum, fig, raisins, and dark cherry are all prominent flavors right away. I also noticed a strong, sweet flavor of butterscotch, though it faded quickly. Toffee emerges on the finish, along with some dark chocolate, giving it a taste profile similar to that of a barleywine, but not quite as intense. Whatever hop presence this beer originally had has definitely faded, though itís not quite carbonated syrup either. In my original review I described it as being very cider-like and acidic, though thatís not the case anymore. While still plenty flavorful, Iíd say the beer definitely peaked some time ago. If you see a bottle in the 2 to 3-year-old vintage Iíd recommend giving it a try.

Drinkability: Samuel Smithís Yorkshire Stingo definitely has the palate of a strong brew, though the drinking process itself it remarkably easy. The mouthfeel is calm, soft and smooth, but noticeably thick. I was surprised (and a tad disappointed) that the aftertaste finishes mostly clean with just a slight dryness. The 8% ABV gives it significant weight and a minor warming sensation, but at no point is there a distraction.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wimpyjoe (3552) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle @ Angel Inn, Leeds. Clear light brown with a thick frothy head. Itís strong with a complex set of flavours of which toffee is the most dominant - in both aroma and taste. Has a fair bitterness with some dark fruits evident.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4950) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen, small sample. Clear amber color with some small debris floating around, short head. Aroma of caramel malt, spicy, some oak, vanilla, quite some buttery notes, sweet toffee. Medium sweet in taste, bit dry, slight hint of alcohol. A bit too buttery in aroma, but quite nice in taste.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
flip_soeperman (556) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2014
Aroma of butter and some metal. Taste is quite nice warm toffee with some vanilla. Typicall English beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paologalloni (100) - ITALY - MAY 9, 2014
colore rame schiuma pannosa abbastanza persistente. aroma di malto e caramello giŗ nellí aroma si sente un leggero acido citrico che si ripropone in chiusura nel sapore. pulendo la bocca dai sapori del malto ottima

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (221) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - APR 13, 2014
From 22osish bottle to shaker. Pour is a deep copper with a thick white head. Nose is big malt, dark fruits, earthy. Taste is slight sour, medium bodied with a touch of sweetness. Finishes very crisp. Sam Smith has yet to disappoint.


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